Senior Safety Planning Manager



Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
The Senior Safety Planning Manager will lead our safety planning, implementation, and safety program initiatives across Zoox teams, and drive the continuous improvement of our safety culture, risk management, data assessment, and decision-making processes. You and your team will be responsible for spearheading development and implementing effective customer-focused safety processes commensurate with Zoox’s safety innovative leadership.
As the Senior Safety Planning Manager, you will define and implement innovative processes that are rigorous, diligent, and systematic, as well as applicable and repeatable as Zoox continues to scale, to ensure the highest level of safety in the organization and product. You will continually improve our internal processes, including our Safety Management Systems approach, Safety Committee, Industry Standards, Anonymous Reporting, and Assessment activities, working closely with our Legal, Policy, Operations, Vehicle Engineering, Safety Design, Software, Hardware, and Communications teams to ensure a rigorous, disciplined, risk-based approach.
The role will involve managing a small team of safety planning personnel with responsibility for hiring, training, and providing day-to-day oversight to the team. A successful candidate will be able to support other Zoox safety efforts including Operational Safety, Compliance, Policy, and Design activities.


  • Actively direct, manage and supervise Zoox’s safety planning and key safety programs as part of an innovative holistic safety plan, such as our Safety Management System and Safety Policies while operating cross-functionally with other organizations
  • Create, implement, and maintain our internal and external data gathering, analysis, and reporting processes, and work cross-functionally with other internal organizations to ensure proper regulatory reporting
  • Facilitate, design, and implement innovative safety, data, and risk management programs and processes for decision-making, including systematically ensuring representation and input from key internal stakeholders
  • Lead and continuously improve our safety assessment program, anonymous reporting/feedback programs, as well as our public interaction programs
  • Ensure that Zoox is well-represented, informed, and influential on active Industry Standards and Best Practice activities and organizations
  • Assist with formal reviews of safety programs with executive leadership and present data, findings, and areas of improvement
  • Champion strong safety culture at Zoox, and represent Zoox with key external stakeholders and organizations
  • Support the continuing development and implementation of successful operational safety and compliance programs


  • 8+ years of experience in the AV, Automotive, Transportation, or Robotics industries, with experience leading safety-critical programs
  • Proven ability to theorize, create and implement successful safety programs, ideally in the AV or Robotics industry
  • Extensive transportation safety knowledge, risk management/analysis experience, and experience building operational safety programs, ideally with experience in Functional Safety and SOTIF methodology
  • Strong influence and communication skills with all levels of management, including proven ability to collaborate to achieve multiple simultaneous goals for the organization
  • Strong management experience and skills, with the ability to guide others to accomplish complex programs and tasks
  • Continuously remains aware of AV safety trends and ideally is a thought leader in AV or other industry standards, or is an actively participating member of professional engineering or safety organizations
  • BS in Engineering, Masters preferred; may consider other degrees in a technical or safety-related field

Bonus Qualifications

  • PhD/Advanced degree in Engineering, Management, or other transportation safety-related field
  • Familiarity with existing AV safety-related industry standards and best practices
  • Membership or participation in professional societies or industry standards activities
  • Certification in Safety or Automotive systems
There are three major components to compensation for this position: pay, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The pay range for this position is $160,000 to $231,000. A sign-on bonus may be offered as part of the compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location and level. Leveling, as well as positioning within a level, is determined by a range of factors, including, but not limited to, a candidate's relevant years of experience, domain knowledge, and interview performance. The pay range listed in this posting is representative of the range of levels Zoox is considering for this position. Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.
Vaccine Mandate
Employees working in this position will be required to have received a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and/or the World Health Organization. In addition, employees who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine (“Booster”) will be required to receive a Booster. Employees will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws.
About Zoox
Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.
A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.